Baltimore Ravens (+2.5) v the Oakland Raiders – 21/20
There is no easy way to put this, with Derek Carr out for the Raiders and an inept Ravens offence – this game will be a miserable affair. So, let’s at least try to make it interesting…
Some QB’s are worth more to the handicap than others and I have Carr ranked up there with the likes of Tom Brady and Aaron Rogers.
Given this price, plenty of others do not agree. Baltimore passing defence is nasty and can really shut down a team when on form, not an ideal debut for EJ Manuel at quarterback.
Carolina Panthers (+3.5) points against the Detroit Lions – 8/13
Detroit have a winning record despite a negative net yards per play total at -0.8 and a positive turnover margin.
These kinds of numbers will usually result in a team regressing to the mean. Both teams have plenty on the injury report and that really cancels each other out.
I won’t be surprised if Cam Newton and company can come out of Detroit with a win, but they might need a few points head start to get there in the betting.
Cleveland Browns to beat the New York Jets – 10/11
We may be stubborn on the Browns this year but with their #1 pick Myles Garrett scheduled to play, their defence could cause havoc on the Jets.
We were surprised the Jags lost to the Jets at the weekend given they established the run quite well and look for Cleveland to do the same with the Jets run defence being bottom five in the league.
Without Myles Garrett playing for the Browns, their defence has held strong and only surrendered 3 yards per carry.
If New York can’t get a ground game going, this defence can pin back its ears, focus on Josh McCown and a very sub-par receiving corps.
* All odds correct at time of posting.